During the flooding in Bangladesh, Bibha’s house was washed away. With her family she managed to take shelter in a neighbouring house.
Both she and her eldest daughter fell sick with a fever. With the roads destroyed around Kurigram she had no way to get to the health centre to get help.
Bibha’s husband is a labourer, but during monsoon season he doesn’t have any work and the whole family has to survive on only one meal a day. Now their circumstances had just got much worse.
by Andrew Horton
Over the last year, the eyes of the world have occasionally turned to Yemen. And when they’ve turned, they’ve seen and wept at the crisis and desperation. But fixing focus has been harder. That focus is what is needed, according to Tearfund’s Middle East Response Director, Kieren Barnes.
With over 700,000 cases of cholera affecting over 90 per cent of the country, and a conflict that has devastated lives, and destroyed much of its infrastructure and economy, this is a nation on its knees.
AT A GLANCE
- 16 million people affected
- 10,000 homes destroyed and 100 schools closed in Nepal
- Nearly 3,000 villages underwater in Assam state, India
- More than 600,000 people forced to flee their homes in Bangladesh
- Tearfund’s local partners on the ground now
Hundreds of people have been killed and millions left without shelter by extensive flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
The cholera epidemic in Yemen is intensifying with around 300,000 people now thought to be infected.
According to the UN more than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, with 7,000 new cases each day.
Over two years of conflict have left Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems in crisis.
What is cholera?
Cholera is an infectious bacterial disease of the small intestine. It’s typically contracted from infected water supplies and causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be fatal within hours if left untreated.
We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.
This statement is made on behalf of Save the Children and 16 NGOs, comprised of national, regional and international human rights and humanitarian civil society actors, including organizations that provide humanitarian assistance and support to vulnerable children and families in Yemen.
We are concerned by the rapidly deteriorating situation in Yemen as highlighted in the High Commissioner’s oral update on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 33/16 of October 2016.2
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
Five years into a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, conditions confronting civilians in Syria continue to deteriorate, particularly for children and youth. Warring parties continue to violate UN Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law by deliberately and wantonly attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure, including homes, markets, schools and hospitals leaving a deadly legacy of Unexploded Ordnance.
More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians. The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
By Mark Lang
First the floods came, then the cholera but neither have stopped the local church saving lives in Mozambique.
Heavy rains in January left a huge swathe of the country under several feet of water, killing 158 people and affecting 160,000 others, with 50,000 being made homeless.
But training by Tearfund partner Codesa to make local churches more outward-looking and focused on people’s physical needs as well as their spiritual ones, has proved invaluable in limiting the suffering of survivors.
Christian and Muslim leaders played “essential role” in tackling the Ebola virus
Faith leaders in Sierra Leone and Liberia played an “essential role” in stemming the spread of the Ebola virus, according to a new report, but the delay in involving them in the response cost lives.
The assessment team comprised of Tearfund, UMN, and MedAir, and each agency conducted their own assessments, the results of which will be shared. The information below is based only on the data collected for Tearfund.
Areas Covered: A team from Medair and Tearfund accompanied a distribution by UMN to two villages in Jeewanpur VDC, Dhading district on 14 May 2015. The team visited:
• Dharke market GPS: 27.73424087 85.13517534 744.0
• Gajurelgaun Village GPS: 27.73522933 85.15739278 822.0
• Jiwanpur Village GPS: 27.75510901 85.15990291 1131.0
Overall: Priority is for shelter and seeds. Although main water sources are functioning some springs may need to be rehabilitated. Across the VDC there are 10 schools: 5 have been totally destroyed and 2 partially.
Areas Covered: A team of three from Tearfund and OM visited Thuman, Timure and Bridhim VDCs from 9-10 May 15. The team was dropped by MAF helicopter at Thuman and then walked through Dalphedi to Timure villages before returning south along the main highway across several landslides before heading up to LinLing, Pelgo, Bridhim and Kangjing villages. The team then returned to Syabru Behsi where we were collected by MAF.
Situation générale de la Région
General Situation of the Area
MAP International Partners to Provide Additional Relief to Liberia
Atlanta (February 2nd, 2015) – MAP International, a global Christian humanitarian relief agency based in Georgia has been working for the past 11 months to contain and stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Church leaders in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone and Liberia are playing a vital role in helping people to stay safe, says Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.
Tearfund partners have found that church leaders are widely trusted and are able to use church services and other gatherings to help people understand how to stop the spread of Ebola.
Aid agencies warn of famine next year as upsurge in fighting imminent
Agencies fear recent improvements will be wiped out as the number of severely hungry people will rise by 1 million in first three months of 2015
A group of leading aid agencies warned today that parts of South Sudan – already the world’s worse food crisis – could fall into famine early next year if the nine-month long conflict escalates as expected.
South Sudan stands on the brink of catastrophe with at least one in three people in the country facing severe food shortages (1), as the world’s newest nation marks its third anniversary this week (9 July).
Christian relief and development agency Tearfund reports an increase of more than 300 percent in the number of malnourished children and mothers needing food from its six feeding centres in remote communities in Jonglei, one of the country’s worst affected states, compared to this time last year (2).